As If The Surreal Movie Adaptation Of ‘Cats’ Wasn’t Trippy Enough, People Are Watching It High And Omg The Reactions
From what reviewers and audiences have been saying about Cats, the surreal nature of the movie probably doesn’t need to be enhanced by adding psychedelic drugs. However, that didn’t stop adventurous moviegoers from sampling their drug of choice before sitting through the weird musical —to make the experience even weirder.
For most people, “Cats” is unnerving enough sober.
— Natasha (@Natasha38115763) January 3, 2020
It tells the story of a group of singing, dancing alley cats who compete for the chance to go to the Heaviside Layer, a metaphor for death and rebirth into the next of their nine lives. Critics have described the movie adaptation as a feverish drug dream, a bad trip. It is expected to lose as much as $100 million, according to Variety. The budget, mind you, was more than $95 million, all going to a rushed production that found the film’s visuals still being cooked even after the movie opened wide over the Christmas holiday.
People are watching the movie on drugs—and their experiences are nothing short of wild.
— Derrel Murray (@DZMurray) January 10, 2020
According to a sweeping new story by The Washington Post, a fraction of that box-office take is coming from audience members who are seeing the movie on drugs, and the results are evidently transcendent. WaPo rounded up some of the best reactions from viewers that saw the movie on mind-altering substances as shrooms, LSD, edibles, and more.
The paper offered a list of compelling, if not encouraging, responses:
“The most terrifying experience of my life. I swear to God my soul escaped me.”
— M. Stone Hennessee (@MStoneHennessee) January 9, 2020
I mean this is a bit dramatic…right?
“Vomited four times but ultimately understood the film on a deep level.”
— Alexis Robillard (@AliRobillard) January 10, 2020
Now this is definitely a reaction that I think only a high person could have. If you’ve seen the movie, you know it’s true.
“Had a panic attack in the middle of it …”
— Eloise (@smeloised) January 7, 2020
I feel like this could happen whether you were high or not…
Raina, 25, from South Carolina, said she couldn’t handle the mismatched proportions of the furry animals.
Cats (the movie) as cats (the animal) pic.twitter.com/6tUG2hUIt9
— a jellicle cat (@Elzarth) January 6, 2020
She lasted 10 minutes, “and then I went to the AMC bathroom and threw up”.
Annaliese Nielsen, terrified by the furry face of James Corden, called the film “a special kind of evil”.
— Brooklyn (@BrooklynGraceA) January 7, 2020
That last scene especially, is freaking people out.
— Lazlo (@pookieNdem) January 9, 2020
Here Judi Dench’s Deuteronomy breaks the fourth wall to address the viewer, and freaks people out. “When Judi Dench turned and looked me directly in the eyes to let me know that a cat is not a dog, I was terrified.”
The movie may be hard to follow if you’re looking for a plot.
— Rachel Saunder (@rachel_saunder) January 5, 2020
Because there is no plot. Basically all the cats —as portrayed by the likes of Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Dench, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, and Taylor Swift— are auditioning for eternal life in the Heaviside Layer, a heaven-like place of rebirth for cats in the upper atmosphere.
“Where their fur ends and their human hands start, it would move in a weird unnatural way,” one audience member told The Washington Post.
— Ray Utarnachitt (@rayutar) January 9, 2020
“I felt like I was losing my mind…I was just concentrating on taking deep breaths.”
Of course, your choice of whether to enhance the experience of Cats is yours —and your state’s— own, but from what we’ve seen, the movie is likely weird enough to simulate a drug trip without needing to consume them at all.
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